CNN staff was alerted today on the 10 am conference call that Roland Martin‘s suspension has been lifted. Martin, who hosts “Washington Watch” and is a CNN Contributor, was suspended shortly after Super Bowl Sunday when he wrote tweets that were construed by some to be homophobic. He apologized, but CNN held fast to the suspension until today.
CNN suspended Martin indefinitely on February 8 for a series of "offensive, homophobic" tweets during the Super Bowl. This came after the Chicago-based radio host was the target of a social media action by GLAAD and the National Black Justice Coalition.
During his suspension, Martin met with GLAAD leadership. The group said the meeting signified the "beginning of an open and honest dialogue." Martin issued another boilerplate "apology", boasted of his support for gay adoption and repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and added, "I have no plan to abandon my goal as a truth teller on a variety of issues; and, yes, that includes those that may be on the LGBT agenda."
Martin's tweets about homophobic violence were delivered at the same time a young Black gay man was viciously attacked by a gang in Atlanta. Brandon White's brutal assault was videotaped, uploaded to the internet and went viral with millions of views. Three young men are in police custody. A fourth man was indicted but has not been arrested.